Yesterday was the beginning of Lent, and while I wasn't brought up following Lent, over the past years I've grown to appreciate the importance of what it stands for: setting aside 40 days to prepare our hearts for Easter through repentance, reflection and prayer.
This year, while I'm not fasting anything in particular, I've decided to follow a reading plan through YouVersion from The Mosaic Bible and really purpose to seek Easter anew, in a way I never have before.
On my blog, I'm simply going to record the particular verses from my reading on each day that stand out to me. At the end of Lent, I want to be able to look back and see, only through God's Word, what was speaking to my heart.
That is why the Lords says, "Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping and mourning. Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead." [Joel 2:12-13]
let all who are helpless take heart...
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened.